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Governor Signs Bill to Improve Quality in Expanded Learning Programs

Report Outlining Standards Developed in Partnership with School’s California Afterschool Network

On September 17, 2014, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed SB 1221 into law, which will improve the quality of after-school and expanded learning programs and encourage more programs to operate year-round. The law relies upon the development of standards completed through a partnership between the California Department of Education’s (CDE) After School Division and the California AfterSchool Network Quality Committee.


PhD Student BernNadette Best Green Passionate about Equity
August 2014

Education PhD student BernNadette Best-Green is passionate about increasing equity and social justice for academically vulnerable populations. Read more about her experience, work and research in the UC Davis School of Education on the Graduate Studies website.


First-Year Teaching Alumna Nominated for Award by Her Fourth Grade Student

Michelle (Benjamin) Crisp (Credential ‘13, MA ‘14), just finished her first year of teaching fourth grade at Main Ave. Elementary in Sacramento, Calif. A milestone worth celebrating in itself. But, to her great surprise, Crisp also received a Teacher of the Year award from a local dentist’s office when one of her students, Adrian Flores, nominated her.

Press release

School of Education Donor Named UC Alumni Regent
July 2014

Rod Davis (BA ‘71) has been named alumni regent on the University of California Board of Regents. Mr. Davis and his wife Sue Davis (Credential ‘73) have established the Sue Davis Award, an endowed scholarship fund to support students studying to be elementary school teachers in the UC Davis School of Education. The first award will be made in fall 2015.

Current Research

A Virtual Joy-Stick Study of Emotional Responses and Social Motivation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Posted June 30, 2014

An article about using virtual reality to examine social motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity. Read more here.


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Credential Information Sessions

A great way to learn more about the UC Davis Teacher Credential/M.A. program is by attending a Credential Information Session. Sessions are typically conducted twice per month, from September to May.

Upcoming Info Sessions for Teaching Credential

  • Thursday, September 18, 5-7pm, ​School of Education Building Room 174
  • Saturday, October 4, 10-12pm, School of Education Building Room 174
  • Tuesday, October 14, 5-7pm, School of Education Building Room 174

During the session we will discuss the following topics:

Credential & Masters Program Format

When the year starts; how soon you will earn your credential; how you move on to the Masters portion of the program

Provide Information Regarding our Prerequisites

How to meet the requirements; how to have a class reviewed to see if it is equivalent; how to have your G.P.A. evaluated, what to do if prerequisites can’t be met by application deadline

Information Regarding Required Testing

California Basic Skills Requirement (commonly known as CBEST); Subject Matter Verification (commonly known as CSET); how timing of the tests impacts when you should apply

The Admission Process

When is the best time to apply; how to apply; what happens after you apply

We encourage questions throughout the presentation and provide a small group format for a Q & A session with faculty/staff at the end of each session.

Attend a session!

To reserve your space or request more information about the a session, please email eduadvising@ucdavis.edu. Although an RSVP is not required, the info session date, time, or location can change. For this reason, please check back on the website the morning of an information session to confirm. If you have submitted an RSVP we will notify you of any changes.

Because the locations of the information session vary, please be sure to double-check the location for the Information Session you are attending.


Fall Welcome

Monday, September 29, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Putah Creek Lodge

Join us in kicking off the new academic year and welcoming our new students. Enjoy good food and enter a raffle to win great prizes.

Let us know if you’ll attend.


Innovating with the Common Core State Standards: One Day Conference
Register Now! Space is Limited!

Register Here!

WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Conference (lunch included)

WHERE: Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), UC Davis



Alumni Establish New Matching Fund for Scholarships

In California, the demand for professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will grow nearly 20 percent by 2018. Yet too few students are choosing STEM fields. Nancy (’74, Cred ’75) and Tom Patten (’74, MS ’76) believe that enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers are the key to unlocking the state’s potential for innovation and prosperity. To help train the next generation of STEM teachers, the Pattens have pledged $100,000 to establish a new matching fund for the School of Education: the Next Generation STEM Teaching Award. The fund will support scholarships for School of Education teaching credential students who have the interest, passion, and aptitude to teach STEM-related subjects in K-12 public schools.

By preparing UC Davis educators to inspire the next generation of students to pursue STEM majors and careers, the School of Education strengthens California’s and the nation’s ability to tap the true potential of its future innovators.

Make Your Gift Today

Every gift is matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact on a future teacher. Make your gift here or contact Loretta Pehanich at lapehanich@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-8053. Download a flyer for more information.